Christine Dean

Music Director, Webmaster

Christine started her radio career at age 17 in her hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She first came to KUMD as a student news intern and announcer in 1987, then spent many years working in commercial radio in Duluth before returning to the station in 2000. In 2008 she became the Music Director and is the producer of Live from Studio A, KUMD’s live performance and interview program. One of her favorite things about her job is the opportunity to share music from the Twin Ports’ many talented local artists. In her spare time she takes full of advantage of Duluth’s outdoors opportunities.

Credit Photo by Erin Welch

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Local singer, songwriter, and fiddler Gaelynn Lea's whole life changed when she won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert contest earlier this year. She and her husband sold their house, outfitted a van for touring, and hit the road. Lea was last in our studios the day before she found out the big news; we were happy to welcome her back on November 9, 2016 to find out about everything that's happened since then, and to hear tracks from her upcoming Christmas album Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn. She'll perform a CD release show on Saturday, November 12 at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

This Minneapolis alt-country performer recently put out his second release, and EP with tight backing band the Red Daughters. He'll be returning to the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth for a show on November 19th; we got a preview when he joined us in the studio on October 24, 2016.


Kate Voss (Sundae) and Jason Goessl (Mr. Goessl) make up this Seattle wife-and-husband duo. With vocalist Voss backed by Goessl on guitar, the pair specializes in vintage jazz from the 1930s on, with forays into western swing, Brazilian jazz, and other retro styles. They joined us in the studio on October 19, 2016 for a preview of their show the same night at the Spirit Room in Superior.

Listen to our session with this Portland, Oregon based singer/songwriter from October 17, 2016. He performed the same night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

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This young Twin Cities alternative pop vocalist got her first chance to record when a local producer came into the Subway where she worked and asked her co-worker if they knew anyone who could sing. They suggested Taylor, at the time a high school student, who had performed in musicals at Apple Valley High School.

Taylor has since recorded two albums with and gained performing experience while also attending college. We'll find out more when she joins us in the studio on Thursday, October 6 at 2pm. She has a show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Local singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen will join us on September 29, 2016 along with baritone Elias Mokole and hip-hop musician Daniel Oyinloye to give us a taste of what to expect at an upcoming event to benefit Duluth's Sister Cities Program. Encounters of the Musical Kind happens Saturday, October 1 at the Mitchell Auditorium at St. Scholastica and will feature unexpected collaborations blending musical genres. Thomsen has traveled to Duluth's newest sister city, Rania, which is in the Kurdish area of Iraq, and performed with members of her Echoes of Peace Choir.


After traveling the world, Americana singer/songwriter John Adler has settled in the Hayward, Wisconsin area. 

He's been performing in Northern Wisconsin and Duluth as Sonofmel (a nod to his dad and a throwback to the days when children carried the names of their parents) and has his first full-length albumin the works. Adler joined us in the studio on September 23, 2016 in advance of his performance the same night as part of Beaner's One Week Live.


This local singer/songwriter and spiritual seeker is releasing her second album in a year, titled Birdiecrat. Join the Revolution and reflecting her support for Bernie Sanders' progressive movement. The new disc was recorded at Rich Mattson's Sparta Sound Studio and features Mattson, Marc Gartman, and Bryce Kastning as her backing band. Kristy joins us on the Local on Wednesday, September 21 at 5pm for a session; she has a CD release show at the Red Herring Lounge the same night.

  

Parr hosted a night of American Primitive guitar at the Red Herring featuring guitarists Matt Sowell, a Philadelphia native now living in Minneapolis, and Michael Wohl from Seattle. We heard some great guitar talk and live tunes on September 20, 2016 when the trio joined us in the studio. 


We were happy to welcome Cunningham back to our studios, where he's appeared many times with his duo Storyhill and with Justin Roth. 

The Bozeman, Montana-based indie folk singer/songwriter's latest release is a solo EP called If You Knew All Along. Cunningham says he likely wouldn't have released the project without the encouragement of his friend Kirkpatrick, a Nashville-based artist who's currently touring with him. 

 The two joined us in the studio on September 9, 2016 after performing the previous night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.


It's been a whirlwind year for this Duluth native, who's been touring steadily and working on her latest, Catie Curtis-produced, album, Rabbit in the Road, her first since 2011.   

Along the way Kilgour won the 2015 NewSong Music Contest, which led to performances at the Sundance Film Festival and at New York City's Lincoln Center. The new material reflects the heartbreak, resilience, and new beginnings that Kilgour's experienced since her 2014 divorce. She joined us live in the studio on September 5, 2016 in advance of her CD release show on September 11 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.

This Florida singer/songwriter's music has evolved from rootsy folk to a more rock sound in the past few years. 

She and her band joined us in the studio on August 30, 2016, fresh from performing at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival the weekend before and at Lutsen on Monday, August 29.

This Minneapolis 6-piece released their first full-length, Thaumatrope last year with a sound they describe as cinematic, aggressive folk. 

They joined us live in the studio on August 26, 2016 and performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

This multi-instrumental Americana duo made up of Kristoffer and Abby Jo Robin got its start in Mankato a decade ago before hitting the road as glass artists on the Renaissance Fair circuit. They recently settled in Duluth, playing their first Homegrown Music Festival this year. We welcomed them to the studio on  August 9, 2016, prior to their performance at Chester Bowl.

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Storm recovery continues across the area, with power being restored to more areas, including UMD. KUMD is now back on the air, and the Rolling Thunder Reunion show will go on at the Weber Music Hall tonight as planned.

Mayor Larson will be holding a press conference with representatives from Minnesota Power and St. Louis County at 10 this morning for an update on the storm recovery efforts.

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